“Think Like a Man” was a surprise hit when it was released in 2012 – a predictable yet fun romantic comedy that worked because of its very talented cast.
That doesn’t mean a sequel was necessary, but here we are with “Think Like a Man Too.” This sequel is inferior to the original in every way imaginable, wasting the talented cast in a series of lazy plot threads that only feel like an excuse to grab a few more bucks before the wellruns dry.
“Think Like a Man Too” reunites the entire cast – including Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy and Jerry Ferrara – for the wedding of Michael (Terrence Jenkins) and Candace (Regina Hall) in Las Vegas.
What is supposed to be a celebration turns into another battle of the sexes, threatening to put an end to the couple’s relationship (and others’ in attendance) before the wedding can take place.
There are so many problems with “Think Like a Man Too” that it is hard to include them in one review.
The biggest fault lies in the script, which forces conflict with all these couples just for the sake of providing conflict. Many of the conflicts are rehashed from the first film, but the few that aren’t are the kind of problems that could be solved with a simple conversation.
Another huge problem is Hart.
“About Last Night,” which also featured Hall and Ealy, showcased Hall’s talents, but “Think Like a Man Too” is the perfect example of how Hart’s comedy rubs some people the wrong way. It starts with an annoying voiceover used to keep the slim plot threads together and only gets worse with Hart chewing the scenery every moment he is on screen.
You know a movie is in trouble when it just throws a random music video in the middle of the proceedings.
It’s as if the cast and crew didn’t care what the finished product was, as long as they had an excuse to spend a few months in Las Vegas.
They may have had fun, but it sure doesn’t show in the final product. This film is destined to be included on my list of the worst films of 2014.
Also in theaters
This week’s other big release “Jersey Boys” (C), is also a disappointment, albeit on a smaller scale.
The Clint Eastwood-directed adaptation of the popular Broadway musical feels like something is lost in the transition from stage to screen.
“Jersey Boys” tells the story of Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) and The Four Seasons, and how the group rose to fame in the 1960s before a multitude of off-stage challenges tore them apart.
When “Jersey Boys” focuses on the music is when the film is at its best.
Unfortunately, the 2 1/4-hour film has long stretches without music – choosing to focus more on the group’s childhood Mafia ties – and never really provides any insight into Valli or the other members of the group.
Eastwood has directed many quality films, but he doesn’t seem to be willing to adapt here. It makes a musical feel less like a musical and more like “Goodfellas,” with some Valli songs thrown in.
I was also annoyed as the characters broke the fourth wall and narrated the story. That may have worked on stage, but it feels hokey here.
Young reprises his Broadway role and is adequate, but like the rest of the film it’s a performance that never quite provides an emotional investment for the audience.
I wanted to like “Jersey Boys,” but it never gave me a reason to like it. I haven’t seen the stage version, but I’m willing to bet this material works much better in that setting.
As a film, it’s a mild disappointment.
“Jersey Boys” is rated R for language and is playing at the Regal Bowling Green Stadium 12 and Highland Cinemas in Glasgow.